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Kratos Will Appear as a Hidden Boss in ‘Shovel Knight’

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8 bit adventure title Shovel Knight is gearing up to make a splash on the Xbox One and PS4, with all new hidden bosses.  Out for over year, most people who were planning to buy it already did. Yacht Club Games knows they have an uphill battle so they added a few new goodies into the mix. Xbox One players will be receiving a new boss, the Battletoads and PS4 players are getting the same treatment. The PS4 versions new boss? The God of War himself, Kratos.

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Announced by Sony at last years Playstation Experience it wasn’t until this week that gamers were told how Kratos would be involved. Shovel Knight creators hopped on the Sony Blog this week to announce that Kratos will be a secret boss. Yacht Club Games told players to Keep your eye out for secrets… and possibly even double secrets, to learn how to discover this battle” After wading through the secrets to find him, Kratos will appear on the world map in a similar way to Shovel Knight’s other mini bosses.

According to Yacht Club Games finding Kratos will be the easy part. Using his Blades of Chaos Kratos isn’t going to be a pushover, bashing Shovel Knight all across the stage. If gamers are able to beat the God of War, Yacht Club Games teased that “Maybe Shovel Knight learns a trick or two from Kratos….” Of course the developer doesn’t plan on telling us what those new tricks might be. We’ll have to figure that out for ourselves when Shovel Knight launches on the PS4 April 21st.

It’s no coincidence that Kratos is making a cameo appearance in Shovel Knight; this year marks God of War’s 10th anniversary. Sony is doing all they can to celebrate the event, including releasing a remastered version of God of War 3. The vengeful Spartan showing up in Shovel Knight is just another way for Sony to let us all have some fun with Kratos.

Source: Playstation Blog

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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